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When:  Oct 26, 2021 from 11:30 AM to 01:00 PM (CT)
Where:   Petroleum Club of Lafayette, 111 Heymann Blvd, Lafayette, LA, 70503, US
Community:   Evangeline Section

When & Where

Petroleum Club of Lafayette
111 Heymann Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70503

Oct 26, 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM (CT)


The Evangeline Section of SPE is hosting our October Monthly Meeting as a

Joint SPE – NACE Meeting

Microscopy and Electrochemical Measurements in Extreme Environments: Using Lab Testing to Simulate Field Environments

Luis F. Garfias, Ph.D. - DOW Chemicals - Louisiana Operations

Technical Support, Materials Laboratory

October 26 , 2021 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (CT)

Petroleum Club of Lafayette, 111 Heymann Blvd., LAFAYETTE, LA, 70503


Options to attend in-person or online Zoom




The objective of this presentation is to stimulate the discussion on how lab testing using novel methodologies can help test materials commonly exposed to harsh industrial environments. The first part of the talk will concentrate in field work done by the author while working in industrial environments in the Oil and Gas, Power, and Chemical industries. The second part of the talk will include Microscopy and Electrochemical studies on materials exposed to extreme environments (simulating them in the lab). The first case study will include the custom made ‘mini-autoclave’ which has been used to determine the factors that contribute to pitting corrosion initiation of Ni Alloy 718 (UNS N07718) at HT/HP in chloride containing environments. The presentation will include videos of simultaneous in-situ micro-visualization and either Electrochemical Noise (ECN) or Potentiodynamic Polarizations (PP) of microelectrodes while immersed in a chloride containing solution at HT/HP (to simulate extreme downhole conditions).


Dr. Luis Garfias is a scientist and an engineer with 30+ years of experience on projects related to Failure Analysis, Corrosion, Materials Selection, Electrochemistry, and Microscopy. Luis also works on novel microscopy techniques at HT/HP in harsh environments. Luis has Chemical Engineering degree from the Autonomous University of Yucatan (Mexico 1986-1991), a M.Sc. in Corrosion Science and Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST UK 1992-1993), a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Oxford (UK 1993-1996) and was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Corrosion Research Center in the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department of the University of Minnesota (1996-1998). Luis has worked for Bell Labs, S.C. Johnson, DNV Columbus, Intertek, and Wood Group. Luis research interests include simultaneous visualization of corrosion in extreme environments and materials selection. Luis is a member of NACE and ECS and is currently a Scientific Referee for several Corrosion and Materials Science journals.


This will be an Evangeline Section hybrid meeting, any feedback will be welcome at the venue or

ONLINE ONLY Zoom Link  Register HERE 

No cost, please RSVP before October 25 (day before presentation). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

11:50 am CST  Section General Announcements

12:00 pm CST  Speaker Presentation begins


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Recommended guidelines regarding COVID-19 will be followed with 3 seats/table.  Lunch served ~11:30 AM.

*Note Pricing Details*

$25 if paid before October 23, 2021 via debit or credit card.
$30 if register before October 23, 2021 Noon and select pay at door.  Note the email invoice will show $25, $30 will be charged at the door.

$30 if no preregistration.

If you use Petroleum Club Membership to pay for the meeting please register and choose pay at door.  Your Petroleum Club account will be charged $30.

Students $10 / $15 at door. Students contact Professor Ahmed Temani or Andrew Sharpless for vouchers. 

Members in transition (looking for work) - $0 if pre-registered in the Registration Box located to the upper right of this page by October 22, 2021 and email   Join us to network and keep your industry knowledge current at no cost if you are not currently employed.  

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